Month: October 2019

10 months agoBurton Albion boss Clough on reaching Cup final: Let’s be realistic

first_imgBurton Albion boss Clough on reaching Cup final: Let’s be realisticby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion boss Nigel Clough is keen to keep expectations in-check after reaching the Carabao Cup semis.Clough guided League One’s Burton into the last four with victory over Middlesbrough. Jake Hesketh, on-loan from Southampton, scored the Burton winner.Asked if they could make the final, the manager said: “Highly unlikely, when you look at the teams that are left in.”That’s just being realistic. It’s highly, highly unlikely, to be in with the teams that are left in.”We are going to enjoy this one tonight for a couple of days before we got to Luton on Saturday for as hard a game as there will be this season, and then we are going to park it and look forward to it in the New Year whenever it is, the two-legger.”We didn’t even bother looking. We are going to enjoy this one, certainly.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeers

first_imgLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Demarai Gray admits he understands the fans’ jeers after defeat to Cardiff City.Before Christmas there had been reports manager Claude Puel had lost the support of many of his players, but Gray said they were united.“Yes, of course [we understand],” said Gray. “But sometimes things don’t always go our way.“We’ve put in two fantastic results so we’re going to get moans and groans. We expect that, but it happens – it’s football and everyone is at different fitness and fatigue levels.“On the day we didn’t get the result. We stick together in the dressing room and fight our best every week for the fans. We’re together and we have to keep moving forward.“It is disappointing after dominating a game like that. We were on the back of two good results and I think we deserved another one today but lost it on the last kick of the game.“It hurts but we’ve got another game around the corner so we’ll try and turn it around. Things like that happen. It was a quality goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!

first_imgMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Andrew Cole has told Marcus Rashford to settle on his best position.Rashford, who has scored three goals so far this season, has received a considerable amount of criticism for some of his recent performances. Cole told The Sun: “He doesn’t really enjoy it with his back to goal and he wants to pick it up and run at the defender.”He is a super talent but he has to decide now what he wants to be.”Does he want to be a goalscorer or does he want to play off the left or right?”He’s 21 so I’d like to believe he knows what his strongest position is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

8 days agoCarlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFC

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Carlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFCby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Vela has stated that he is happy with his present circumstances at Los Angeles FC.Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.”I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates,” Vela told TUDN.”It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.”I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening.” last_img read more

8 days agoValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spain

first_imgValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spainby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia centre-back Gabriel Paulista has opened the door to playing for Spain.Gabriel has never made an appearance for the Brazilian national team and, although his preference is to still represent the Selecao, he is open to playing for Spain.”If I don’t get any opportunities from Brazil, I’d open the door to playing for the Spanish national team,” Gabriel told Esporte Interativo.”If Spain gives me that opportunity, I’d accept it with a lot of respect.”I will continue to be Brazilian; if I take that decision [to represent Spain], everyone knows why.”I am playing really well and there’s not been a call from Brazil.”If the opportunity arises to play at the next Euros [for Spain], I will accept it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos/Video: Ohio State Kicked Off Spring Practice Tuesday

first_imgOhio State spring ball poster.It’s been less than two months since Ohio State shocked the college football world by upending Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Buckeyes are already back at it. Tuesday was the first day of spring practice for the squad, which will look to defend its title in 2015.Here are some notes, photos and clips from the event. It’s noted that quarterback Braxton Miller was able to do some light throwing, but that Cardale Jones was the only signal-caller able to participate fully. In the background of a few of the videos, you can see the National Champions 2014 banner hanging in the team’s practice facility.Braxton Miller off to the side at Ohio State spring practice throwing a little. Short stuff. Not throwing too hard.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) March 10, 2015Just got out of Ohio State’s first spring practice, where the QB saga continues. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller all dressed— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) March 10, 2015Interesting start of spring for Ohio State. Braxton Miller can run but not throw. JT Barrett can throw but not run. Cardale Jones full go.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/y7mJ06XXT4— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) March 10, 2015The CHAMPS are here! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3S2IzDKHW2— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Safety Dance! Sophomore @TheVonnBell7 & the DBs run through drills on 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AD5O8UGEMS— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Defensive line coach @Osurushmen1 leads the #Buckeyes DL on the 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/VUioZQZXAK— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015The Buckeyes begin their title defense on September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Video: OSU Football Players Had A Very Intense Dodgeball Match Yesterday

first_imgA dodgeball goes flying as the Ohio State football team plays dodgeball.Ohio State Football DodgeballOhio State held its Champions Club dinner yesterday, and the team took part in a slew of activities as well, including softball, cornhole and dodgeball. The dodgeball game got really intense, and the action was captured via a GoPro worn by defensive lineman Tommy Schutt. Schutt seems to be pretty good at the game. The Buckeyes may be all business on the field but they can still have fun together off of it.last_img

De Ligt: A move will not happen in January

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt insists he will not be leaving Ajax in the January transfer window as he looks to lead the club to an Eredivisie title this season.The 19-year-old defender is captain of the Dutch powerhouse, and his breakthrough with both club and the Netherlands national team has earned him some of the world’s biggest admirers.Clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all been linked with the centre-half, who is widely expected to depart Ajax for a hefty fee when the time comes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, De Ligt  insists that move is not imminent and that he expects to stay with Ajax until at least the summer transfer window.”A move will not be happening this transfer window,” De Ligt told NOS about a potential January exit.”Ajax fans will not have to worry about that. We want to win the Eredivisie title and will need every player to get there.”De Ligt was recently recognised with the Golden Boy award, an accolade given to the most promising Under-21 player in Europe.He beat out the likes of Roma winger Justin Kluivert, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, AC Milan forward Patrick Cutrone and Real Madrid teenager Vinicius Junior to the most recent award.De Ligt is under contract with Ajax until 2021 and, despite the swirling rumours, insists that he is focused on helping the team get better for the title push as the club begin a winter training camp in Florida.”For example, residual defence,” De Ligt said, “that kind of thing is very important for our way of playing, which we will pay attention to this week.”Ajax currently sit second in the Eredivisie, two points behind leaders PSV at the midway point of the league season.De Ligt and Ajax return to league play on January 20 against Heerenveen, but first the club will play friendlies against Flamengo and Sao Paulo as part of their winter break.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Predicts This Team Will Be “Scary Good”

first_imgA photo of Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN.The 2018 college football season is approaching fast. Teams will be reporting to preseason camp in a couple of months. Opening weekend will be here soon.What teams are going to dominate this fall?Alabama will probably be one of them.The Crimson Tide return a lot from their national title squad in 2017. Kirk Herbstreit is certainly high on them.The ESPN college football analyst recently took in Alabama’s spring game. The Crimson Tide should be championship-level once again.Herbie says Alabama will be “scary good” in 2018.“Team is gonna be scary good again in ‘18,” Herbstreit tweeted in response to an Alabama fan.@Joey_Galloway @KirkHerbstreit I promise to never again talk bad about Joey and Kirk. They both did an awesome job in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Utmost respect for you guys. RTR— Joe from Red Bay, Al (@joetesseneer) April 23, 2018Thanks Joe. JG and I always love to be around @AlabamaFTBL The coaches and the players. Team is gonna be scary good again in ‘18. https://t.co/Z36UtSfYUi— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) April 23, 2018ESPN’s Football Power Index projections aren’t quite as high on Alabama – but they still like them a lot. It has the Crimson Tide going 10.8-1.8 and gives them a 37 percent chance to win the SEC.Nick Saban and Co. are set to open their season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Louisville. It will be played in primetime. Alabama is a big favorite.last_img read more

Florida Suspends 7 Players For The Gators’ Season Opener Tonight

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view as the University of Florida Gators takes on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Louisiana Tech 41-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida’s football team will be a little short-handed when it makes its season debut against Charleston Southern this evening. The Gators have suspended several players in advance of the season opener.Dan Mullen announced prior to kickoff tonight that seven players have been suspended for the season-opening game.The players that are being suspended, according to Florida, are:#Gators Suspended: CeCe Jefferson, Kadarius Toney, Kyree Campbell, Luke Ancrum, Brian Edwards, Adarius Lemons and James Washington.— Florida Gator Content from… (@OurTwoBits) September 1, 2018The Florida players are being suspended for “not living up to the gator standard,” according to the school.Multiple reasons. I was simply told “not living up to the Gator standard”I’m sure that’s what Mullen will say after the game also. https://t.co/JRBKd17uGs— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) September 1, 2018Nick de la Torre has more details on the Florida suspensions:BREAKING: 7 #Gators suspended for the season opener against Charleston Southern. https://t.co/uhYgvXw4St— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) September 1, 2018Florida’s season opener tonight is the beginning of the Dan Mullen era in Gainesville, Fla. He’s certainly making some waves already.The Gators are set to open their season at 7:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on the SEC Network.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has A Message For The College Football Playoff

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer on the sidelineCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has a message for the College Football Playoff selection committee following the Buckeyes’ win over Northwestern.OSU, the No. 6 team in the country, handled the Wildcats in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.Meyer voiced his claim for Ohio State and the College Football Playoff immediately after the win.“Well, I think all you have to look at is the body of work,” Meyer said live on FOX. “We went on the road and had some tough wins – TCU, Penn State, Michigan State. And then to come back and play against our rivals the way we did. And then we went and represented the eastern conference and had a great game here.”Meyer continued:“I think we deserve a shot.”Unfortunately for Meyer and the Buckeyes, Ohio State probably won’t end up getting that shot.The College Football Playoff selection committee is expected to choose Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and either Oklahoma or Georgia.last_img read more

Former No. 1 Recruit Jaelan Phillips Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgJaelan Philips chases down the quarterback.PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs from Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on September 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former No. 1 overall recruit announced his decision to transfer earlier this year. Now he knows where he wants to finish his collegiate football career.Former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips announced his plans to move on from the UCLA football program after two seasons with the team. It didn’t take him long to find a new program.Phillips took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce he’s taking his talents to Miami. In late January, Phillips took a visit to Miami. Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes emerged as the heavy favorite to land the former top recruit after he teased college football fans with a simple “TNM” tweet.“TNM” is short for “The New Miami,” which new Miami recruits have been using as a way to build up the program. He made the move official on Thursday night.The Wait is Over…Officially a HURRICANE 🙌🏽⛓🌴 I can’t wait to get to work, #TNM is going to be a problem for the opposition 🤞🏽💯 Thank you God for giving me a second chance 🙏🏾 the COMEBACK is going to be something serious pic.twitter.com/yWhfKJnUlL— Jaelan Phillips ;🕴🏾® (@JJPhillips15) February 22, 2019The former five-star recruit joins Chigozie Nnoruka, Phillips’ teammate at UCLA recently announced his transfer to Miami in January.Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell also took his talents to South Beach after Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred to play for the Buckeyes.New head coach Manny Diaz is off to a hot start in his inaugural season with the Hurricanes.Phillips played just four games in 2018 and could be immediately eligible for 2019.last_img read more

Florida State 4-Star Sophomore Has Been Medically Disqualified

first_img Willie Taggart announced today that FSU DT Ja’len Parks will medically retire. He missed all of last year with an ankle injury that never responded to treatment. He’ll finish school, but won’t be on the team any longer.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) August 13, 2019Parks was ranked the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country coming out of high school in 2017.The former top recruit redshirted in 2017 and then missed the 2018 season with an injury.Florida State opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Boise State. Florida State's doak campbell stadium at nightTALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of play between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A Florida State four-star sophomore has been medically disqualified heading into the 2019 college football season.Ja’len Parks, a four-star defensive lineman, will no longer be playing football for the Seminoles.Florida State head coach Willie Taggart announced the news today.Parks suffered an ankle injury last season that he’s been unable to recover from.last_img read more

BCCI accuses Committee of Administrators of double standards

first_imgBCCI accuses Committee of Administrators of double standardsThe BCCI members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players where show cause notices have been issued and the players have been suspended pending enquiry and in dealing with issues relating to the CEO who was not even suspended.advertisement Ateet Sharma MumbaiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 15:50 IST Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai with other members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoard of Control for Cricket in India members met in Mumbai on Friday and slammed the Committee of AdministratorsThe members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the Committee of AdministratorsThe members also expressed great unanimity on the issues discussedThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members met in Mumbai on Friday and slammed the Committee of Administrators (COA). Individuals from the members of the BCCI met to discuss and deliberate upon the state of affairs of the cricket board and expressed grave concern over the same.The members also expressed great unanimity on the issues discussed. A lot of issues were discussed and a summary of the discussion on some of the prominent issues that were discussed are given hereinbelow.a. The members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the Committee of Administrators (CoA) where the decisions and views of one member were being ignored and the decisions of the other were being executed irregularly despite there being a deadlock in decision making on such decisions. The members were concerned about the resources of the BCCI being wrongfully expended on such irregular decisions being taken.b. The members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players where show cause notices have been issued and the players have been suspended pending enquiry and in dealing with issues relating to the CEO who was not even suspended and in whose case the enquiry procedure adopted was arbitrary and in violation of the BCCI’s constitution and in the absence of any decision from the CoA as a committee.c. The members appreciated the effort put in by the member Associations that fielded the teams who were participating in domestic cricket for the first time.advertisementd. The members expressed shock at the statements being made in order to portray the purported success of the 2018-19 domestic season while nothing could be further from the truth. It is unfortunate that for the first time the basic eligibility rules were shockingly changed mid-season, players ineligible to play for a state were given permission to play for the state. Rules were even changed to benefit particular individuals to allow them to allow inter-state transfer which was severely condemned and decried by those present. There have been incidents where the match referees and umpires have reported for a game on the morning of the match in the face of settled protocol. A failure to source video equipment by the organisation has derailed the entire umpire assessment program that the BCCI had invested heavily in over the years both in terms of resources and in terms of legacy. The members condemned the fact that the BCCI management totally disregarded and ignored the decisions of the Technical Committee led by the former Indian captain, Mr. Sourav Ganguly.e. The members condemned the fact that the CoA willfully ignored the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting held in June 2018 which were solely in the domain of the General Body despite the fact that it was a meeting duly requisitioned by the members and only those individuals who were eligible as per the Lodha recommendations were present. This was an act to frustrate the democratic functioning and policy-making of the BCCI.f. The members lamented the fact that efforts have been made to frustrate the legal representation of the Board before the courts of law which tantamounts to an attempt to frustrate the administration of justice.g. The members decided that they would bring forth certain points before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in order to ensure that democracy is restored in decision making especially on cricketing matters so that Indian cricket does not suffer.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Committee of Administratorslast_img read more

MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fifty

first_img Rohan Sen AdelaideJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 14:52 IST MS Dhoni was fortunate to have the heady support of Dinesh Karthik during India’s 299-run chase (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni and Karthik were involved in a 57-run partnership for the fifth wicketIndia rode on Kohli’s 104 and Dhoni’s unbeaten 55 to chase down 299 with 4 balls to spareDhoni’s fifty was his 69th in ODI cricket as he took his average in successful run chases to 99.85 in ODIsMS Dhoni was back to his very best with the bat on Tuesday as he helped guide India to a 6-wicket win over Australia in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval.Dhoni, who was criticised for his poor strike rate in the first ODI, led India to victory by scoring 55 off 54 balls as India levelled the three-match series 1-1.But during his knock, Dhoni was so focussed on getting India over the finish line that he forgot to acknowledge the crowd after reaching his fifty in the final over of the run chase.His batting partner Dinesh Karthik had to remind him to raise his bat for the fans after the former captain hit a six off the first delivery of the final over to reach his 69th half-century in one-day internationals.Look what MS Dhoni is doing when playing under pressure, he’s not a selfish, he plays for the team. Dinesh Karthik requests him to raise the bat for half century.Legend Never Fails pic.twitter.com/1bAYHKl1q3Naveen N (@tweetstonaveen) January 15, 2019During his 57-run partnership with Karthik, Dhoni even forgot to complete a single when he was batting on 36 in the 45th over.Dhoni took a single but didn’t ground his bat at the other end but the umpires failed to notice that incident and the run was added to the total.Did anyone notice that dhoni actually didn’t complete the run here? pic.twitter.com/F9KjKiFILcneich (@neicho32) January 15, 2019Dhoni had played a subdued role in support of his successor Virat Kohli as two players with the joint experience of more than 550 ODIs steadily chipped away at Australia’s total.advertisementWith centurion Kohli’s untimely dismissal, Dhoni took up the chase and carried India to a victory which will see the series decided on Friday in the third international at Melbourne.India came to the final over needing seven runs to win and Dhoni smashed the first ball over the long straight boundaries at the Adelaide Oval for a six which tied the scores, then clinched the win with a single from the next ball.Dhoni was fortunate to have the heady support of Karthik, who came to the crease at a difficult moment when Kohil had just fallen. He scored 25 from just 14 balls to ensure India reached its target.”Credit to Virat and Dhoni, the way they played. We got a good start as well so it’s the sort of win that will give the team a lot of confidence, chasing 300.”(Dhoni) has been doing it for years now and the fact he can stay calm, the fact he can absorb pressure and watch the ball, keep the plan very simple. You need the big shot and then he delivers,” Karthik praised Dhoni after the game.Also Read | India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideAlso Read | MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat KohliAlso Read | Justin Langer in awe of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni after India win Adelaide ODIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow Dinesh Karthik MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI: MS Dhoni had to be reminded by Dinesh Karthik to lift his bat and acknowledge the crowd after he reached his fifty in the last over of the match on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka allows Lasith Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019

first_imgSri Lanka allows Lasith Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians received a great boost after Sri Lanka decided to allow Lasith Malinga to participate in the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 21:02 IST Sri Lanka allowed Lasith Malinga to play in the IPL for Mumbai Indians (Mumbai Indians Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLasith Malinga will be avaiable for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier LeagueSri Lanka decided to release Malinga from participating in domestic ODIsMahela Jaywardene helped facilitate the decision with back channel talksMumbai Indians fretting over Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness have received a boost with news coming in from Sri Lanka that Lasith Malinga will be available for the upcoming IPL games.”SLC decided to give permission to Lasith Malinga to play in the ongoing IPL. The management decided to release Malinga from participating in the Super Provincial; since he would get an opportunity to play with much stronger opposition in IPL; which consist of international players,” read a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.Earlier Malinga’s IPL availability was under a cloud with the Sri Lankan cricket board insisting on all players participating in a domestic Super Provincial one day tournament (scheduled between April 4-11) to stay in contention for the World Cup.But back channel talks between Sri Lanka cricket, BCCI and Mumbai Indians coached by Mahela Jaywardene has done the trick.SLC Chief selector Ashantha de Mel was earlier quoted saying that Malinga’s place in the World Cup bound squad is guaranteed, so he is free to participate in the IPL.”We have no issues if he goes to IPL – the board had given him a no-objection certificate already, so he’s free to go. Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel said.”Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel added.With Bumrah’s workload under a scanner, particularly following his on field injury during the Mumbai Indians opening game, he could be seen sitting out in some IPL games. The original freak genius Malinga who has played mentor to Bumrah over the years for the franchise is expected to take a key bowling role again in the Rohit Sharma led side.advertisementAlso Read | I was under Kohli and de Villiers’s shadow at RCB, at KXIP I am No.1: RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow IPL 2019Follow Sri LankaFollow MIFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

India Open: Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal lead home domination

first_imgIndia Open: Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal lead home dominationIndian boxers had a good day at India Open on Wednesday as Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal and five other boxers reached the semi-finals in Guwahati.advertisement Next Press Trust of India GuwahatiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 20:12 IST Shiva Thapa defeated Mauritius opponent Hellene Damien 5-0 to reach the India Open semi-finals. (Twitter/@BFI_official)HIGHLIGHTSWorld championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa defeated opponent Hellene Damien 5-0 at India OpenAmit Panghal defeated Thailand’s Chakapong Chanpirom 5-0 to reach India Open semisShiva Thapa, Amit Panghal and five other Indian boxers made it to the semis of India OpenIt was a spectacular homecoming for World championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, while Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal also lived upto his billing reaching the semifinals in 52kg category at the second India Open boxing tournament here Wednesday.Five other Indians also progressed to the semifinals at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.Three years after he was crowned national champion at the same venue, a matured Thapa returned stronger as he clinically executed his plans to outwork his taller Mauritius opponent Hellene Damien 5-0 and set up a semifinal clash against D Krystian Sczepanski of Poland in the 60kg category.”I was facing a taller opponent like him for the first time in my category,” said Thapa, who will switch to 63kg after the tournament keeping in mind of the approved weight categories for Olympic qualification.”He had a better reach so my strategy was to hit him from the close range and then quickly go out of his reach. It worked out perfectly.”All the buzz of the day was about the 13th bout of the day as hordes of school children, Shiva’s family members including his father Padam Thapa waited anxiously for the local favourite to come inside the ring.”I can’t express in words the amazing feeling. The crowd was all at their toes and it was about living up to their expectation,” said Thapa, who last month became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals with his bronze at the Asian Championship in Bangkok.advertisementAnkit and Manish Kaushik also had 5-0 wins over their respective opponents making it a three-Indian lineup in the 60kg category.In the 52kg category, Indians ruled the roost with Panghal, national champion P L Prasad, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki making it an all-Indian lineup.Panghal, who claimed the 49kg gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asiad final in Jakarta last year, opted to play a waiting game against Thailand Chakapong Chanpirom in the first round.Having moved up to Olympic category 52kg after winning gold at the Strandja meet in Bulgaria earlier this year, Panghal then stepped up his pace to win 5-0.”It took sometime for me to assess him and get a grip of his style of play but I’m happy that it paid off,” Panghal said.”It’s a tough category. Many new boxers will come in to meet the Olympic qualification standard. I have to watch both,” Panghal, who had clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian championship beating Dusmatov again, added.Panghal will take on reigning national champion Prasad in the semifinal, while the other half will see Siwach face-off against Bidhuri.Fresh from a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament Finland, Siwach did his homework well to exact revenge on world championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon of Philippines.The two-time former Olympian had defeated Siwach by a split-decision in the President’s Cup quarterfinals in Astana last year.Siwach rectified his mistake and waited to capitalise on the Filipino’s mistakes to go for the kill as he won 4-1 via split decision.”Last time I went for an allout attack that did not pay off. I watched videos of the bout and this time I could rectify my mistakes,” Siwach said as he also got the support of his father and uncle who had come all the way from Haryana to support him.He will next face Solanki, who had it easy against Louis Fleurot of Mauritius to seal a 5-0 win.”We never faced in a competition. But I’ve been his sparring partner in the camp. We all know each others strengths and weaknesses. I’m 100 per cent confident of an easy win,” Siwach said.Also Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Injured player turns coach, guides Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to historic Asian successAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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Simona Halep hopes dream Wimbledon run can end US Open nightmare

first_img Reuters New YorkAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 12:17 IST Simona Halep’s best showing at US Open was in 2015. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimona Halep scorched 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour in this year’s Wimbledon finalHalep, who reached the Australian Open final in 2018, has not had the ideal preparation heading into the final Grand SlamThe world number four was forced to retire with a left Achilles injury in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Toronto earlier this monthSimona Halep is living the dream after her Wimbledon triumph and the Romanian heads into next week’s U.S. Open hoping for new dawn at the season’s final Grand Slam after early exits in the last two years.Halep scorched 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour in this year’s Wimbledon final to add a second major title to her trophy cabinet after last year’s French Open crown.The 27-year-old’s near-flawless display at the All England Club marked a spectacular return to form after her world ranking dropped from first to seventh between mid-January and July.It’s been like a dream since I left (Wimbledon). Even now, I’m living the dream, Halep, who credits her improved fortunes on the biggest stages to a more relaxed approach, told the WTA website.I felt positive and confident … like I reached my highest level of tennis. The first six months of this year were more relaxed because I was just trying to improve my game without thinking about the results.This helped me a lot and when I got to Wimbledon, I started feeling the grass like I never had before. I got more confident day-by-day. It was a process.Flushing Meadows represents a different challenge for the Romanian, who has been knocked out in the first round on her last two visits, falling to Russian wildcard Maria Sharapova in 2017 and Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi last year.Halep’s best showing at the tournament was in 2015 when she was beaten by eventual champion Flavia Pennetta in the semi-finals, and the U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam where she has failed to reach the final.advertisementThe U.S. Open is a big difference because of the crowd and atmosphere, Halep added. It’s more about entertainment so it’s not easy to adjust … I’ve made the semis in the past so I’m confident there’s a chance to do more.Halep, who reached the Australian Open final in 2018, has not had the ideal preparation heading into the final Grand Slam of the season.The world number four was forced to retire with a left Achilles injury in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Toronto earlier this month and lost to American Madison Keys in the Cincinnati third round.Halep’s new coach Daniel Dobre, who signed up in March after she split with Darren Cahill before the Australian Open, said last year’s Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open had given the Romanian newfound belief.Before … she was a little bit closed, she found it easier to keep her thoughts to herself. Now she’s much more confident not only on the court, but outside it, Dobre told the French Open website in June.Martina Navratilova said Halep must bring the same aggressive approach she displayed at Wimbledon if she is to succeed in New York.Simona likes to play it, as is her nature, safe. But she had a positive … and offensive mindset in the Wimbledon final. It would be silly not to try to replicate that, the 18 times Grand Slam champion wrote in a column for the WTA.Halep enjoys a better career head-to-head record over the three players ranked above her Naomi Osaka (4-1), Ash Barty (3-1) and Karolina Pliskova (7-3) making her one of the bookmakers’ favourites at Flushing Meadows, behind Williams.Even if things don’t go her way, Simona should now have a lot more belief in herself … she’s one of the favourites to be number one at the end of the year, Navratilova said.Also Read | US Open: Djokovic, Federer in same half of draw; Serena vs Sharapova in blockbuster 1st roundAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow US OpenFollow Simona Halep Next Simona Halep hopes dream Wimbledon run can end US Open nightmareSimona Halep enjoys a better career head-to-head record over the three players ranked above her — Naomi Osaka (4-1), Ash Barty (3-1) and Karolina Pliskova (7-3) — making her one of the bookmakers’ favourites at Flushing Meadows, behind Williams.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Bianca Andreescu battles Elise Mertens to enter maiden Grand Slam semi-final

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 09:30 IST Bianca Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in a decade (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in a decadeCaroline Wozniacki was also 19 when she was the runner-up in 2009Andreescu will next face fellow first-time semi-finalist Belinda BencicCanadian teenager Bianca Andreescu came from behind to overpower Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach her first Grand Slam semi-final at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.After a flawless first set from Mertens the tide turned in Andreescu’s favour in the second when she fired a cross-court forehand winner to break the Belgian at love and take a 4-2 lead.She fired another winner, her 40th, up the line to seal the win on a hot and humid night under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”This is honestly so crazy,” an emotional Andreescu said in an on-court interview. “A year ago I was in the qualifying round, I remember I was suffering from a back injury.”Now what I’ve accomplished this year, I’m honestly speechless,” said Andreescu, who will make her top 10 debut on Monday after ending last year ranked 178th.”I need someone to pinch me right now. Is this real life?”Andreescu will next face fellow first-time semi-finalist Belinda Bencic on Thursday after the Swiss advanced in straight sets earlier in the day.The two have never played each other before.The quarter-final offered a fascinating contrast in styles between the explosive power of the Canadian teenager and the steady counterpunching of the 23-year-old Mertens.But once the 15th-seeded Andreescu found the range with her punishing groundstrokes, she was able to wear down the 25th-seed and pile up the winners.”She can do well in the big moments,” Mertens said. “She gets that one more strike. She’s a very powerful hitter but also a good mover.”advertisementThe victory continues a strong-run for the 19-year-old, who clinched titles at Indian Wells in March and last month’s Canadian Open.MENTAL EDGEAndreescu uses meditation and visualization to keep her mind sharp and said the techniques she learned as a child help her deal with the pressure of the moment.”I think if you can control your mind, then you can control a lot of things,” she told reporters.”I think that’s what’s been working really well for me. I just kept doing that. When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I’m really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone.”And in a warning sign for her competition, Andreescu said she still has room to improve at the tournament.”I’m going to be honest. I don’t think I’ve played my best tennis,” she said.”I just fought really well with what I had every single day. I think that’s the most important thing for me, and I’m sure for every athlete you’re not going to have good days every day.”So I just try my best to figure out what’s going well and what’s not and just go from there.”Also Read | US Open: Serena Williams sails into semi-finals with record 100th victory in tournament historyAlso Read | US Open: Italy’s Matteo Berrettini edges past Gael Monfils for 1st Grand Slam semi-finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow US OpenFollow Bianca AndreescuFollow Elise Mertens Next US Open: Bianca Andreescu battles Elise Mertens to enter maiden Grand Slam semi-finalThe 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu became the youngest semifinalist at Flushing Meadows since Caroline Wozniacki by overcoming a troubling back to beat Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.advertisementlast_img read more

Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his family

first_imgBen Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes took to social media to slam a prominent English news website for publishing an article revealing personal and sensitive details about his family.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 16:32 IST Ben Stokes has never spoken about his family’s tragic past in public (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEnglish daily the Sun published an article revealing details about Ben Stokes’s mother and her tragic pastStokes slammed the article, calling it “immoral, contemptuous and heartless” on social mediaStokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs and took 8 wicketsEnglish news daily The Sun has come under fire for publishing an article which contains sensitive information about England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s family and the cricketer even took to his social media accounts to post a message slamming the news article.The Sun published an article with the headline, “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,” and it contains details of his family’s tragic past which Stokes has never mentioned in public.According to the message posted by Stokes, the news agency “sent a reporter to his parents’ house in New Zealand to question them out of the blue on this incredibly upsetting topic”. Stokes called the article immoral, contemptuous and heartless in the message he posted on social media.pic.twitter.com/ojjjvstZI2Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019″Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.”It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.”For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.advertisement”To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has gave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.”This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”The article also contains serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.”Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life,” Stokes wrote on his Twitter handle.Stokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs from the five Tests at an average of 55.12, including two hundreds, and took 8 wickets. The five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw after England won the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Sunday with Australia retaining the Urn as holders.Also Read | I would swap the drama at Headingley for an Ashes win: Ben StokesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith dons spectacles again, Jack Leach loves them this timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ben Stokes family Nextlast_img read more